The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has presented Ex-International Sunday Oliseh to the public as the new head coach of the Super Eagles, replacing another Ex-International, Stephen Keshi.
Oliseh, who has now joined the likes of Austin Eguavoen, Samson Siasia, Daniel Amokachi and Keshi as part of the squad of 1994 to have managed the senior national team, agreed to a deal that would see him remain at the helms till 2020.
The choice of Sunday Oliseh had raised concerns as many felt he had not the prerequisite experience to lead the national team.
“It’s a great honour to be coach of this great nation,” said Oliseh at the unveiling ceremony in Abuja.
“I’m not coming as a messiah. I’m coming as a man who wants to serve his country and give 150%.
“Gone are the days when we had individual players who can win games on their own. But we have potential,” he said.
He also laid down the law to players of Nigerian origin on his requirements before they can feature for his team.
“No player outside of first division in Nigeria or elsewhere will play for the Super Eagles. We will work together with the technical committee because if we fail, they fail,” he concluded.
The ex-Nigeria international will now hope to inspire an immediate improvement in the Eagles’ fortunes, starting with a win against Tanzania in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in September.